New Year, New Policies and Prices for SDCC

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For any  who are SDCC attendees or hopefuls, in addition to some of the policy changes last year (like needing the previous year’s badge to pre-register), and after the delays we kept getting on pre-registration (remember when CCI told us we could relax at Thanksgiving, and then again near Christmas) the good informative folks at The Unofficial Comic-Con Blog tell us there’s been a bit of a game changer!

According to the SDCC Unofficial Blog and the CCI website, there are NO 4-Day Badges! For those pre-registering (and likely for general registration as well) that means that to go all four days you’ll have to purchase all four days individually. Where does that leave the joys of Preview Night, you ask? Preview Night will be a purchasable option (see below for prices) only for those that have purchased all four days.

This is from CCI’s website, at the time of this posting.

COMIC-CON 2014 PRICES
BADGE TYPE Adult Junior** U.S. Military /
Senior**
Preview Night $35.00 $16.00 $16.00
Thursday $45.00 $23.00 $23.00
Friday $45.00 $23.00 $23.00
Saturday $45.00 $23.00 $23.00
Sunday $30.00 $15.00 $15.00

This means that for an adult going all four days and Preview Night the cost would be $200.00, which is higher than last year. Last year Preview Night was only $25, and the rest of the con was only $150.00, so this year will be $25 more total.  While CCI is a non-profit, I can’t help but wonder why raise the prices,after the awesome deal they made with the city of San Diego to keep the con there till 2016. After all, that deal is already saving them tons.

After speaking with Jeremy Rutz the editor of the San Diego Comic-Con Unofficial Blog, it seems that this is primarily a strategic move on CCI’s part, as they would want to avoid people who purchase a four day badge, but only attend certain days of the convention.
Another question though is why the price difference with Sunday? Preview Night makes sense, however even though Sunday is shorter, there are panels, and it’s usually a great day on the Sales Floor for artists and vendors looking to discount and sell materials before packing up. Could this mean that Preview Night may be longer than in previous years?
Finally where does this leave the fans? A lot of people on Twitter are already voicing their complaints, that have a lot of validity like @house_of_darkly pointing out the issues it’ll cause with hotels:

and pointing out the fact that people come all over the world for SDCC, and missing out on even one day an be a huge deal. As one who only travels from a state away I can understand the frustration:

 

Some are more optimistic, knowing that they have Nerd HQ to rely on if they miss a day of the con itself, and trusting that this means more who want to go can go, like @danregal:

 

But is this really the best solution to their issues of people getting badges and not attending (who are these people by the way)? Either way, the Cart System for Shopping that the SDCC Unofficial blog tweeted about will be much needed.
What are your thoughts? Do you think this is a good move, a bad one, or somewhere in between? Let us know in the comments!

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